A View From The Cycle Path)
Friday, 8 December 2017
Cycling’s Recommended Minimum Daily Allowance.
Do you ride your bike enough to maintain good health ?
Do you ride your bike enough to maintain good health ? I suspect that many people actually do not. A surprising amount of cycling is required if that’s the main thing you do for exercise
Many sources suggest that half an hour a day of exercise is around the minimum to maintain good health.
Because I work from home, I don’t have a commute forced upon me, as was the case in the past. That means I don’t automatically get a daily dose of cycling by going to work and back. Our deliveries are all made at least partially by bike, but while that means I’m riding a relatively heavily loaded cargo bike, the short round-trip distance of about 3 km doesn’t take long enough. For that reason, I go out for a “commute” on at least some mornings even though I don’t have to.
This morning I rode a little over 16 km, going through the town, stopping for traffic lights, heading out into the countryside against a stiff headwind and returning home again with a tailwind which of course can never add as much as the headwind already took away. It took me 31 minutes to cover the distance. I’m not about to set any records at that speed. That’s not the point. This is moderate exercise, taking it fairly easy, expending enough effort to get slightly out of breath sometimes, enough to raise a bit of a sweat but certainly not enough to make my heart pound as if is going to pop out of my chest.
Recommended Minimum Daily Allowance – 15 km
At a moderate rate of exertion, 30 minutes of cycling at a rate conducive to maintaining health equates to covering about 15 km at an average speed of about 30 km/h. 15 km per day equates to about 100 km per week or about 5500 km a year. i.e. it takes about 5500 km of cycling each year to do enough exercise to maintain health.